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CA Gun Sales at Record Level Last Year

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Gun sales boomed in Sacramento and across California to record levels last year as horrific mass shootings reignited the gun control debate, new state figures show.

A growing number of Sacramento-area gun dealers – about 200 and counting – sold a total of 74,000 firearms in 2012, roughly 20,000 more than in the previous year.

That's enough guns to provide a new firearm to every resident in the city of Folsom. And sales are still going strong.

"We anticipate higher numbers for the end of 2013," said Michelle Gregory, spokeswoman for the California Department of Justice, which tallies the figures based on dealers' records of sale.